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A Developmental-Interaction Approach to Teaching Geography in the Upper-Elementary Grades

This course will focus on the role of language and experience in learning geography, and how geography and map skills support social studies. Through active learning experiences, students will come to a deeper understanding of the underlying geographic concepts and vocabulary that are central to the course. Specific reference will be made to how the active and concrete teaching techniques used in the course, many of which were first developed by Lucy Sprague Mitchell, can foster learning among a wide range of learners. Dialogues that incorporate the vocabulary of geography will occur as students actively engage in terrain building and map making; specific reference will also be made to the value of such experiences in promoting both conceptual and vocabulary development among students who are English language learners. Prerequisite: EDUC 510 or EDUC 514.